ge·​la·​to jə-ˈlä-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce gelato (audio)
plural gelati jə-ˈlä-tē How to pronounce gelato (audio)
also gelatos
: a soft rich ice cream containing little or no air

Examples of gelato in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were quiet moments of coloring mermaids together, and others that induced squeals of delight, such as a massive cone of vanilla gelato sheathed in rainbow sprinkles at Anita Gelato in Manly. Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 12 Nov. 2023 Cher has a new gelato line called Cherlato Sure, it’s only offered by a single truck in Los Angeles, but Cherlato is already national news. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 6 Oct. 2023 Combining two of Italy’s most iconic creations, affogato is made by drowning scoops of vanilla gelato in a shot of strong espresso, creating the perfect blend of bitter and sweet. Annachiara Barretto-Grignoli, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2023 The singer shared photos of herself grabbing gelato in a chic backless slip dress. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 24 July 2023 My favorite is the simplest, and the one that the young, quick-witted crew of servers is most likely to recommend: a lemon bar with a shortbread crust and a scoop of smooth, pleasing avocado gelato. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 Shelly Wegman enjoyed all the good stuff on a two-week trip to Rome and Tuscany last year, indulging in pasta, wine, bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, and of course, gelato. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2023 Sit at one of the outdoor tables with coffee or gelato or enjoy one of the many events there. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2023 Very authentic Italian gelato with an Italian owner. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Italian, literally, frozen

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gelato was in 1929

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Cite this Entry

“Gelato.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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